The Details Reviews

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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 31, 2012
The perpetrators and victims here are all such smug, dull caricatures that none of the intended satirical barbs have anywhere to land.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 28, 2012
The Details is as smug and self-satisfied as its privileged lead character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 21, 2013
a painfully dull slog through an exceedingly stupid subdivision
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
November 8, 2012
There are a few highlights worth a look and an accomplished supporting cast to ease the oddity along, yet The Details doesn't add up to much despite its rather elaborate design of misery.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 2, 2012
"The Details" cancels itself out by being too campy to take seriously and too tragic to laugh at.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 31, 2012
It's a frustrating movie in its inconsistency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 30, 2012
It's a familiar mold: the perils of suburban discontent have been so thoroughly explored that "The Details" plays like a hodgepodge of familiar circumstances on an assembly line to disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 1, 2012
The wacky is forced and unfunny and the misery is nowhere near wretched enough.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 2, 2012
It's hard to make a fine actress like Laura Linney look off-key and shrill, but "The Details" manages to do just that. It's hardly an accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 1, 2012
The movie is many things, but a mess isn't one of them. Estes knows exactly what he wants. Whether it's worth wanting is another matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Everything here is intentionally grotesque to service the filmmaker's cheap shots. Women and black people are just plain crazy.
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Matt Singer
Time Out
October 31, 2012
This attempt at black comedy is so busy twisting through its plot that it barely has time for its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
November 22, 2012
The script is somewhat provocative in its examination of relationships during absurd circumstances, but its twists eventually become less compelling.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 3, 2012
The longer it went on, the more eager I was for it to be over.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 30, 2012
Maguire reveals most of his shortcomings as an actor here. Whenever he shares a scene with someone as solid as Banks, Linney or Haysbert, it's as if he disappears.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 1, 2012
It's more interested in admiring its own architecture than building something worth residing in.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 2, 2012
"The Details" wears its quirky heart on its sleeve, signaling (and smirking at) its own silliness, at every opportunity, with an intrusively antic score that makes everything sound like a giant joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 5, 2012
It's a Weinstein release, but I don't foresee any big Oscar push for this wacky misfire.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 9, 2012
Estes never seems to find the balance between dark farce and existential drama, and the cast - especially the goofy Maguire - is left trying to sort it all out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cory Everett
The Playlist
July 10, 2013
Despite some tonal stumbles, the film mostly finds its footing and becomes an enjoyable comic enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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